“You are to give them the firstfruits of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the first wool from the shearing of your sheep.” Deuteronomy 18:4 NIV
Read: Deuteronomy 18:3-13
We often confuse gifts and offerings. Gifts are those special donations over and above a tithe or scheduled offering. Old Testament scripture tells us ten percent of our ‘firstfruits’. Notice the Biblical word is firstfruits, while in English we write it as two words. There is a reason. First fruit is our worldly interpretation. Firstfruits is correct as it tells us the uniqueness and non-divisional qualities of the offering.
Gifts are those things which we never expect to have returned. They are given out of love and respect not out of obligation. Offerings are the firstfruits of our labors. Your offering may be a ten percent tithe or another scheduled amount of your income. Gifts are much over and above any offering.
Offerings are the returning to GOD of what HE has already given to you. Offerings are not gifts. You cannot give to GOD what is already HIS. If you are not repaying GOD for what is HIS, why not?
The firstfruits of your labors are exactly that…first. We return to GOD HIS righteous portion before anything else. Return to GOD what is already HIS before you pay for food, mortgage or other things you feel are necessities. Trust and return to GOD all that is HIS and then you will find HE will bless you in the balance of your finances.
Today’s prayer: “Thank YOU, HEAVENLY FATHER, for all YOU have given me to use and enjoy on this earth. Today, I promise to return to YOU a generous offering to help YOUR chosen take the gospel to others. Amen.”